JERSEY CITY - Newark Mayor and U.S. Senate candidate Cory Booker told a Jersey City audience today that it's time to change the approach to public safety.

Along with improving education, changing the way the U.S. enforces drug laws, and moving away from privately owned prisons, Booker said the cycle of repeat offenders must be stopped.

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"If you do a crime in America, you should pay your price," Booker told the crowd. He also said he believes efforts should be made to keep criminals from returning to prison, "so that we as tax payers don't spend the billions of dollars that we do in New Jersey warehousing the same people over and over again."

Booker is running for Senate against former Bogota Mayor Steve Lonegan.